INTENT TO KILL
by Ryshia Kennie
A ruthless band of smugglers will stop at nothing to strip Cambodia of its priceless ancient artifacts, even if it means using and killing female tourists. Journalist Claire Linton knows she’s on to the story of a lifetime. But for Claire, it’s personal too: long before her “Uncle Jack” came to the U.S., he was held captive in the nightmarish killing fields of Cambodia, and Claire senses there might be a connection between that long-ago bloody history and the dark crimes plaguing the country today.
Simon Trent is a burnt-out Interpol agent who disappeared after his last case turned fatal. But with the resurgence in smuggling and all signs pointing to the man who once escaped his grasp, he comes out of hiding to finish the job that’s haunted him for years. What he doesn’t see coming is Claire, the beautiful and headstrong reporter who may be a threat to his case—and to his heart.
As Claire and Simon reluctantly join forces to unravel a mystery that reaches deep into her family history and may be his only chance at redemption, they must fight to stay one step ahead of a brutal killer—and one step away from the dangerous feelings building between them.
“Antiquity smuggling in Cambodia seems to have taken a spin with a different breed of criminal. Two weeks ago a British college student died after a fall at Angkor Wat. There have been reports that the death might not have been accidental. A 900-year-old artifact found in the woman’s knapsack led one local authority to speculate that the bleed of Cambodia’s heritage may have taken a new turn.”
Claire Linton folded the worn newspaper article and slipped it into her bag. After eight years as a small mid-western journalist working for a paper where the most exciting story was usually a weather threat that never occurred or a series of petty thefts, she was ready for more. She wanted the excitement of chasing a bigger-than-life story, the intoxicating feeling of being her own boss, of freelancing, if not full-time than at least part-time. She could hardly wait to begin asking questions, to build on the notes she’d already collected, but mixed with all of that was trepidation. This was her first trip of any duration alone. She glanced at her watch and then out
the plane’s window, where city lights covered the ground for as far as she could see. Bangkok, City of Angels.
The newspaper article had convinced her to use up her precious vacation time to come here. It had arrived mysteriously with only a Cambodian postmark, but from the first word Claire had known that it had the potential to be the story of a lifetime. Admittedly, stripping historic sites in Cambodia wasn’t news, but a possible tie to a tourist death and implications of tourist thefts of artifacts had her intrigued. And the article had hinted at something else. The hint of an association with the Khmer Rouge. The Democratic Kampuchea, as they were formally known,
had terrorized a generation.
I received a copy of this book for an honest review. Intent to Kill by Ryshia Kennie is a detective story with all the necessary elements present. The author has elegantly described a well-thought crime story in which the main protagonist, Claire, is a journalist. She highlights the challenges faced by Claire and the people she meets on her way.
A story that comprises of love, hate, family bonds and care, Ryshia Kennie has done a great job with this book. It is a must read for all those who are fans of detective stories which consists of crimes and murder. Good Job, Ms. Kennie!
I would give this book a five star.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
The Canadian prairies are where Ryshia Kennie makes her home with her husband and one opinionated and slightly geriatric, Irish Terrier. The winner of her city’s Writing Award in 2011, her novels have taken her characters from the depression era prairies in her first book “From the Dust” to the ancient stones of Angkor Wat in her latest book, “Intent to Kill”. There’s never a lack of places to set a story as the too long prairie winters occasionally find her with travel journal in hand seeking adventure on foreign shores. While facing off a Monitor Lizard before breakfast or running through the Kasbah chased by an enraged Water Carrier aren’t normal travel experiences and might never find a place in one of her stories, they do make great travel stories. But it’s the memories of those exotic worlds, the smell of the spices, the words of a stranger, the furtive look one man gives another, that often become the catalyst for a suspenseful story with a deadly villain and an intrepid hero and heroine who must battle for their right to love or even their right to live, in a place that neither may call home. For more, visit her website at http://www.ryshiakennie.com.